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ERIC Number: ED432729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug-19
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Whole Language versus Phonics (What Is Really the Issue?).
Ediger, Marlow
Much is written and spoken about in terms of whole language versus phonics in early reading instruction in the public schools, but the issue between whole language versus phonics probably pertains to what is needed by individual pupils. There are advantages as well as disadvantages for whole language approaches in reading instruction. Needs differ from pupil to pupil. Thus a learner may need little or no phonics to identify unknown words, while another learner may need much phonics to become a proficient reader. If a pupil cannot identify a word, perhaps phonics instruction is needed at that point. Based on needs, the following individual programs of instruction should be adopted for a personalized program of reading instruction: (1) Reading Recovery; (2) basal texts (carefully chosen); (3) library books; (4) Big Books; and (5) experience charts for early primary grade pupils. If the pupil's needs in reading are looked at, this might well minimize the debate on whole language versus phonics. (Contains 12 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A